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Ross County Will Have a March Release of Rainbow Trout in Local Lakes


Ohio – Get ready for some exciting spring fishing! The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife is releasing 85,000 rainbow trout across 95 locations statewide starting March 13th. This is great news for anglers looking to catch these feisty fish in March, April, and May.

Where to Fish:

The trout are being stocked in a variety of locations, including lakes, ponds, and reservoirs, to provide opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. You can find a complete list of stocking locations and dates at https://ohiodnr.gov/buy-and-apply/hunting-fishing-boating/fishing-resources/trout-stockings.

Some popular fishing spots include:

  • Central Ohio: Antrim Lake, Whetstone Park, Heritage Park Pond, Sunbury Upground Reservoir, Delaware State Park Pond
  • Northwest Ohio: East Harbor State Park Pond, Giertz Lake, Maumee Bay State Park Nature Center Pond, Olander Lake, Pearson Metropark Ponds, Sleepy Hollow Park Pond
  • Northeast Ohio: Beartown Lake, Brushwood Lake, Little Turtle Pond, Munroe Falls Lake, Rowland Nature Preserve Lake, Westlake Nature Center Pond
  • Southeast Ohio: Buckeye Park Lake, Forked Run, Penrod Lake, Rose Lake, St. Clairsville Reservoir, Turkey Creek Lake, Yoctangee Park Lake
  • Southwest Ohio: Adams Lake, Caesar Creek Youth Pond, Cowan Lake Youth Pond, Home of the Brave Park Pond, Rocky Fork State Park Beach Pond, Rush Run Lake, Sycamore State Park Pond

Ross County Caldwell Lake will receive trout on 3/14/24

Tips for Success:

  • Get a license: Anglers 16 years and older need a valid Ohio fishing license to fish in state public waters. You can purchase a license online, through the HuntFish OH app, or at participating agents.
  • Arrive early: Popular fishing spots can get crowded, so plan to arrive early to secure your spot.
  • Use the right gear: Rainbow trout are typically caught using light tackle and lures or bait like spinners, flies, or worms.
  • Be mindful of regulations: The daily bag limit for rainbow trout is five fish per angler.

Enjoy the Outdoors:

Rainbow trout fishing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, spend time with family and friends, and create lasting memories. So grab your rod and reel, head to one of the stocked locations, and try your luck at catching a rainbow trout this spring!